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On April 2, 2020, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued an Executive Order, which instated a statewide “shelter in place” order in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. The Georgia Forestry Association has prepared an issue brief, which provides analysis and information on the key components of the Executive Order for the forestry community in Georgia. Below are a few key facts from the order:

  • The Executive Order and supporting memo from the Governor’s Office makes clear that forestry workers are included as a critical workforce under the guidance from the Department of Homeland Security.
  • This statewide order supersedes and replaces the patchwork of local ordinances at the city and county level.
  • Thanks to clear direction from the Governor’s office, a letter allowing critical industry workers to circulate is not required at this time.

“We are very fortunate that Governor Kemp’s Executive Order includes forestry as a ‘critical industry’ so that forestry businesses can continue operating to deliver essential products needed to combat the spread of COVID-19 and to keep the American economy moving,” GFA President & CEO Andres Villegas said.

To view the Association’s Issue Brief, which includes a detailed description of the Executive Order, click here →

If you have any questions about this order or its impact on forestry businesses across the state, visit or contact GFA Vice President of Government Affairs Tom Beyer at


The Georgia Forestry Association is a member-led, non-profit trade association representing the forestry supply chain in Georgia. Since 1907, GFA has served as the primary advocate for a healthy business and political climate for Georgia’s forest landowners, forest-based businesses and forest product manufacturers. Learn more at